CMS has announced that it will resume Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical review Aug. 3, regardless of the status of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The audits had been suspended since March 30 as a result of the crisis. Curi recommends that all practices prepare for potential audit by ensuring their documentation is thorough and kept in a consistent location. In addition, we recommend designating a staff member to capture daily guidance from CMS to increase awareness of any potential changes.
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.